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Streaming services accounted for nearly 80% of all music revenue in 2019

Streaming music services’ share of total music revenues is bigger than ever. According to a year-end report from the RIAA, revenues from streaming services grew nearly 20% in 2019 to $8.8 billion, accounting for 79.5% of all recorded music revenues. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://ift.tt/2HXJCwp

YouTube briefly terminated a popular live stream channel, creating one of the longest videos ever

Over the weekend, following a mistaken suspension from YouTube, the account was terminated, and the live stream came to an end. As a result, ChilledCow produced one of the longest videos in YouTube history — more than 13,000 hours — and amassed 218 million views in the process. – Julia Alexander, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2TapwnJ [photo: ChilledCow]

Netflix is Finally Releasing ‘The Witcher’ Soundtrack Because It Slaps Harder Than Any Monster

Thankfully, you don’t have to wait another 48 hours to immediately start jamming out to “Toss a Coin”, because it’s available now on Spotify and iTunes, where you can pre-purchase the full album for $9.99. Ten dollars translates into a whole lotta coins to toss, and every single one of them deserves to be bounced off the Witcher’s booty and into his money bag. (The money bag is canon, as he uses it to bludgeon a guard in episode 5.) The full track list consists of a whopping 55 songs, which should keep your Bluetooth speakers plenty busy as you kick back in your leather pants with a goblet of wine for a high-fantasy evening of thinking about werewolves. – Tom Reimann, Collider.com » https://bit.ly/38um0L5

TikTok inks licensing deal with Merlin to use music from independent labels in videos and new Resso streaming service

One reason why monetising may happen is because of the lack of deals at the other end of the chain. As of December, TikTok reportedly had yet to sign any deals with the “majors” — Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music. From what we understand, Merlin is the first big deal of its kind announced by the company, but others are already in place. – Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/37nHb1d

Documentary Detailing How “Geniuses Steal” Hit With Blurred Lines Copyright Complaint

This, of course, is the entire point of the Copy-Me documentary, that all artists and creators in various niches rely on those who went before to provide ideas and artistic inspiration. There truly is nothing new under the sun, but sadly that also includes highly questionable copyright hits on YouTube, pointing out that very thing. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/36MaUA5

Amazon makes its music streaming service free with ads

Instead, Amazon’s free music service serves more as a way to upsell consumers by encouraging them to join Amazon Prime in order to remove the ads from their music. (Prime Music’s 2 million songs are an added perk of a Prime subscription.) This is Amazon’s true motive: lock in more customers to Amazon Prime, ensure they realize the value of the free shipping and other benefits, then get them to renew every year. Once a Prime member, people will shop more often from Amazon, which is where the retailer’s profits lie. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2s15FOd

Netflix Sets Ben Platt Concert Special (Exclusive)

Ahead of the launch of his show The Politician later this month, the streaming service is announcing a concert special with the actor-singer. The feature-length special will document the final stop on Platt’s debut tour, and be filmed live from his sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 29. An airdate and title for the special have yet to be determined. – Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/yOMBsu

Spotify’s Still Gaining Share in the U.S. Music Streaming Market

[While] ad-supported listeners only grew 8% in North America during the second quarter, there are still about 32.6 million free listeners on the continent — and more coming in every quarter. That’s still a massive opportunity to grow premium subscribers and take more market share from the competition. – Adam Levy, The Motley Fool via Yahoo Finance » https://ift.tt/2HUrB2t
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